White-chinned Swift Cypseloides cryptus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Apodidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Guy M. Kirwan, and Thomas S. Schulenberg



Little information. White-chinned Swift captures insects in flight, in typical swift fashion. The flight of White-chinned Swift is described as "very fast, direct, and rather bat-like on rapidly beating wings" (Marín and Stiles 1992).

Birds were observed in Costa Rica apparently roosting behind a waterfall, in an area kept wet by spray; these birds clung side by side, almost touching, on a rock wall (Marín and Stiles 1992).

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Marín and Stiles (1992) mention courtship chases by White-chinned Swift, during which the birds fly with rapid, direct flight (no gliding) while giving a "soft, rapid, high-pitched chipping".

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, G. M. Kirwan, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). White-chinned Swift (Cypseloides cryptus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whcswi1.01